Puberty calorie burn fall ‘could explain obesity rise’

A rise in obesity in adolescents may be down to a sharp drop in the amount of calories they burn while resting. A study in the International Journal of Diabetes found energy used at rest was 25% lower in 15-year-olds compared with when they were 10 – a fall of 500 calories a day. This is equivalent to cutting out an hour’s strenuous exercise every day. The study said the findings were unexpected but could help explain why a lot of teenagers put on excess weight. Most of the energy people burn is just to keep their bodies ticking over…
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